I was in a rush to do some graphic design last week and I went searching for pre-made design templates for Pages. The last time I did this it was a waste of time – the ‘professional’ templates were, well, my kids could do a better job. This time though I found some stunning templates. Continue reading »
Microsoft publisher has been around for a long time but it has never been able to run on Apple computers. If you’re like me you probably have friends who have Microsoft publisher files they occasionally email you. Sadly there is no way to open a Microsoft publisher file on a Mac, until now…
A font is a particular style of text, like ‘Helvetica’ or ‘Times’.
Sometimes you might make a keynote presentation on one computer, but then you copy it to a different computer, and it doesn’t display properly. This may be because the font you used is not on the second computer. A font is not included in a document when you save it. If the new computer doesn’t have the right font, it won’t be able to display your text properly. It will try to substitute a different font, which may not look good! This means if you are using a strange font, you may need to copy the font to the new computer. Here’s how.
A photo object is a photo of an object without any background that you can can insert into a webpage or word processing document. Online clipart services such as photo.com and istockphoto have photo objects you can purchase, but here’s how to make a photo object yourself from any photograph using Pages, the standard OSX word processor.
If you have ever designed a colour document on your computer and then printed it out on your inkjet or laser printer you may have noticed that the colours come out slightly different. This is partly to do with the fact that printing with ink on a piece of paper is a different process to creating colour on a computer monitor, but it is possible to calibrate your monitor so that the colours match up as closely as they can. This article gives you some tips on basic monitor colour calibration.
If you’ve ever been given a pdf file that you want to edit, or a pdf form that you need to complete and return electronically, you’ll realise that it’s not obvious how to edit a pdf file. For full editing capabilities you would need to get a program like Adobe Illustrator or Adobe Acrobat Professional. The good news is that ‘preview’, the built in OS X pdf reader app, has limited pdf editing abilities. You can’t change what’s already in the pdf document, but you can add text and graphics. Here’s how. Continue reading »
Sometimes you might come across a photo on a website and want to find the original version to see if it’s public domain or ask the original artist if you can use it. Tineye is a great service that let’s you do just that. You can upload any picture you’ve grabbed from a website to Tin Eye and it will find all the places that exact picture appears on the web. You can then sort by biggest image, and look for what might be the original place it came from.
There’s a safari plugin that will do this from Safari – go to the Safari menu then ‘Safari Extensions Gallery’ and search for Tineye and install the plugin. Then just right click on the image from any webpage to search in Tineye.
I’ve had a few people ask me how I did the screen casts for Dragon Dictate. I used a program called iShowU HD. It costs $29 and you can get it from here. You can also use it to turn a keynote presentation into a Quicktime movie and avoid the sync problems of Keynote’s built in export movie command. Continue reading »